Light Peer Review
At IPAC’20, a Light Peer Reviewed process will offer an intermediate level of publication between a non-refereed IPAC paper (that will be published by default in the JACoW conference proceedings) and a high quality PRAB paper.
Successful peer reviewed papers will be published as part of the Institute of Physics Journal of Physics: Conference Series and therefore visible in the known publication and citation databases. The IoP Proceedings Licence Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Please note that publication in the IoP Conf. Series excludes the possibility of publication in the PRAB special edition (or any other “regular” edition of PRAB).
We see the introduction of light peer review as an opportunity to publish papers that do not fulfil all the acceptance criteria of journals by virtue of their limited content – as is inevitable with the three page limit. Examples of papers that may survive light peer review, but possibly not the rigour of PRAB, could include review papers, technical advancements without novel schemes, incremental design or performance improvements, and similar topics.
The papers submitted to the Peer Reviewed IPAC’20 proceedings will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Advisory Board, Organizing Committee, Scientific Program Committee, and by volunteers selected by the Scientific Program Committee. All papers are reviewed by two referees. In the event of disagreement between referees, the SPC shall resolve the case.
Due to limitations on time and number of referees, it cannot be guaranteed that all papers submitted will be reviewed. We expect that up to 200 papers will be processed on a first come, first served basis pro rata of the number of papers per Main Classification.
Authors can volunteer for this new refereeing process at the time of abstract submission; and must indicate their area of specialization by Main Classification.
Abstract and Paper Submission
At the time of abstract submission, interested authors can request their paper be peer reviewed for publication in the Peer Reviewed Proceedings – which shall be a subset of the JACoW proceedings.
Authors wishing to pursue the peer review option, must then submit their papers by Wednesday, April 22 2020 or earlier (i.e. two weeks prior to the normal JACoW deadline)
Papers will then enter the queue for peer review on a first-come, first-served basis – based on the time of paper submission. Due to limitations on time and number of referees, it cannot be guaranteed that all papers submitted will be reviewed. It is hoped to process in excess of 200 papers.
Submission for Review
The same formatting and page limit rules apply as for normal IPAC’20 papers. LaTeX format is recommended.
Submission for IoP Publication
After the review, and possible revision, papers which are successful must be reformatted according to the IoP template. A web link to this template will be provided when a paper has passed the light review. Reformatted papers are then expected to be uploaded within one week after IPAC’20. The correct upload website will be advertised later.
It is recommended strongly that authors submitting for peer review adopt from the outset the JACoW LaTeX templates. It will then be a simple matter to reformat just by changing parameters in the LaTeX preamble.